The concept of mentoring has a long history, one that comes to us from Greek mythology. In Homer’s Odyssey, Mentor was the teacher of Telemachus, the son of Odysseus. However, a Mentor was more than a teacher. Mentor was half-male and half-female and was wisdom personified.
Mentoring is the art of helping and empowering others to shape their learning behaviours. Effective mentoring is an influential factor in pupil success at school. It integrates the pupil into the school. Good mentoring practice empowers pupils by encouraging and supporting each pupil in successful achievement of goals, and adapting to the academic, religious, sporting and cultural norms of the school.
Transition to high school is a challenging experience. New pupils benefit from the assistance of more experienced individuals and mentors have the gratification of helping a fellow pupil and acquiring multiple skills for themselves. All new pupils need and have a right to be part of an inclusive, responsive and friendly boarding community. The mission of the Bishop Grandin House Mentoring Program is to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for new pupils and to link them with successful role models. Senior pupils as Pupil Mentors can contribute positively to this transition process. The program will motivate and assist new pupils to improve their performance while promoting a cohesive boarding and school culture.
The practice of the Pupil Mentor program promotes the principles of the St Benedict’s College policy document as a Catholic School.